Saturday, July 20, 2013

ARR! ... YEAH! (or: spot on!)

"Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon.

The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 in 1954 after he was subjected to "chemical castration".

~ from "Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing to be given posthumous pardon" @guardian
then again, i don't know how sure of a bet this is. anyone know what a third reading is?
"Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, a government whip, told peers that the government would table the third reading of the Alan Turing (statutory pardon) bill at the end of October if no amendments are made. "If nobody tables an amendment to this bill, its supporters can be assured that it will have speedy passage to the House of Commons," Ahmad said."

on a (barely) related note, i've been posting a blitz of ARR! posts in the last week and a half. this blog was never meant to be an aggregate maths news website, so i apologise if the content lately has seemed rather .. commercial(?) in nature.

related to this: i've recently experienced a few notable changes in my life ..

.. with more to come, like moving across the ocean ..

.. so my focus isn't 100% on maths, at the moment. to be honest, it makes me feel like i'm not a "real mathematician," even though that sounds ridiculous. (it just goes to show you how insidious "impostor syndrome" can be.)

somewhat oppositely:

ten years ago i entered a ph.d. program. five years ago, i defended a dissertation. it's been a long enough time and i've dodged enough bullets that, perhaps, it's safe for me to consider myself a mathematician and that i'll be around for the long haul, after all.

my point is that research life has settled down and i know that, if i work hard enough, i am capable of good work. as a result, the level of "mathematical drama" in my life has been toned down.

i guess this is a round-about way of saying:

yes, my life is boring now, compared to my student days ..
but i like it that way! (-:

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